We are thrilled to welcome a new AmeriCorps member this month. Kyle Swatfager will join Jessie and Alina as an AmeriCorps Project Coordinator. Kyle has extensive experience with working with individuals and communities in need, including serving in the AmeriCorps NCCC program. He also has experience with construction and home repair. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Welcome to the Rebuilding Together Twin Cities Team Kyle!
HRVP – On Tuesday, December 3rd, we were thrilled to recognize our Honeywell Retiree Volunteer Program team who has worked tirelessly to launch our Ramp Accessibility Program. Thank you to this awesome group of volunteers for everything they’ve done to help our homeowners safely and independently get in and out of their homes!
Derek Steffes – volunteered at the warehouse
Taylor Winscher – volunteered at the warehouse
Safe at Home volunteers – Wesley Anderson, Mariette Cole, and Owen Christensen
Have you heard about our Safe at Home program? Our Safe at Home volunteers provide home safety and accessibility modifications for homeowners in need who are older adults or are living with a disability. This service helps ensure that these homeowners can live independently and safely in their homes.
Our Safe at Home volunteers have been hard at work over the last few months! We’ve helped more than 30 homeowners in need through this program since July 1st, including Donna from St. Paul. Two of our volunteers repaired her steps and installed new lighting, a doorbell and a smoke detector. Donna sent our volunteers a very thoughtful thank you note that said, “There just aren’t words to thank you enough for making my home and outside steps safe for me to live in. You gave me a smoke alarm and a motion sensor light by my driveway. Being a juvenile diabetic for 54 years it would have taken me a long time to recover. I know the step you fixed this fall, myself or others would have been hurt on. I know the damaged steps would not have made it through this winter. I am very grateful!”
If you are interested in learning more about how you can help older adults and individuals living with a disability live more independently in their homes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about our eligibility requirements or to request an application to receive services through Safe at Home, please email us at SafeAtHome@rebuildingtogether-twincities.org.
On December 17th, we partnered with 20 Minnesota Twins employees to rebuild a community room within the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTS) in Minneapolis. Volunteers completed various tasks including framing, painting, and building closets. This project was part of The Minnesota Twins Holiday Week of Giving.
The community room at MTS houses a storage closets that holds a clothing shelf and a food shelf. These closets are open to the students and families within the community, and they are always accepting donations.
We are proud to partner with the Twins to make a difference for communities and families in need. Thanks to everyone who volunteered on this important project!